Krueger, Gehring earn Olympic spots at US short track trials

first_img“It’s definitely a lot of weight off the shoulders to know that I am on the team now,” Krueger said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I still have to qualify spots in all the other individual distances, so it’s not time to party yet.”Gehring swept the women’s 1,500 finals, both of which were marred by crashes involving some of the top skaters on the hockey-sized rink in the middle of the big Utah Olympic Oval.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe skaters went through the distance’s semifinal and final stages twice, earning points for their finishes in each race.Celski won the first 1,500 final, with Krueger finishing second. In the second final, Krueger won and Ryan Pivirotto finished second. Celski was in third place when he crashed out of the 13 1/2-lap race. John-Henry Krueger reacts after winning the men’s 1500-meter during the U.S.Olympic short track speedskating trials Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah — John-Henry Krueger qualified for his first Olympic team and Lana Gehring made her second nearly eight years apart at the U.S. short track speedskating trials.Krueger won the second 1,500-meter final after two-time Olympian J.R. Celski crashed with a lap to go on the first night of competition Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lowry has triple-double as Raptors rout Nets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I think I hit a block is what my coach told me,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, for sure.”Krueger leads the men’s standings with 1,800 points. Celski is second with 1,328 and Adam Callister third at 1,050.On the women’s side, Gehring is headed to her second Olympics, having won a bronze in the 3,000 relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The 27-year-old skater switched to long track for a while before returning to her short track roots.“I can’t be more pleased with my performance,” she said. “To get a double win, that’s very hard.”She leads the women’s standings with 2,000 points. Kristen Santos is second at 1,440 and 2014 Olympian Jessica Kooreman is third at 1,210.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In the first women’s final, Maame Biney crashed with two laps to go and got penalized for taking out 2010 Olympian Katherine Reutter-Adamek. Biney, a 17-year-old born in Ghana, remains a threat to make the Olympic team.In the second women’s final, Gehring, Santos and Reutter-Adamek went down together in the corner. Reutter-Adamek was disqualified for causing the crash and the referees decided to re-skate the race.“I was a little riled up about it because I didn’t like why we fell,” Gehring said. “But it helped me to re-settle a little bit.”Reutter-Adamek saw a hole going into the corner, but Gehring closed it up.“I hate being a skater that causes trouble,” Reutter-Adamek said. “But to watch her win with that type of composure, I mean that’s speedskating at its best. Look how she picked herself back up and won that race. That’s composure.”There was drama in the do-over, too. Kooreman was penalized for kicking her skate across the finish line as Gehring crossed first. Kooreman lost her balance and went sliding across half the rink.“I wanted to go for it at the line,” Kooreman said. “My back foot just came out from under me and they called that kicking out, I guess. It’s dependent on who decides what day they want to call it.”Kooreman said she wasn’t intentionally trying to kick out, which is illegal in the wild and wooly sport. She and Gehring were leaning on each other at the finish line.“Right now, I feel fired up because I’m kind of ticked off,” Kooreman said. View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img

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